After decades, the European Football Union UEFA will once again allow standing room tickets to be sold in the coming European Cup season.
In Germany, France and England, fans are allowed to watch Champions League, Europa League and Conference League games “in accordance with national and local legislation”, the governing body said on Wednesday. Excluded are the respective finals, which are not held in the three countries anyway.
The ARD “Sportschau” had previously reported on the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee, which initially applies to one season. The UEFA standing room ban was pronounced in 1998.
“UEFA will commission independent experts to analyze the use of standing room at domestic and international club matches in these countries in order to assess the different dynamics between domestic and international fans and the associated safety implications,” UEFA said. At the end of the 2022/23 season, the test phase will be evaluated.